Our Version of Cafe Rio’s Sweet Pork Burrito

Cafe Rios Sweet Pork Burrito
I made Cafe Rio salads the other night (click HERE to see the salad recipe) but of course my husband didn’t want a salad… he wanted a burrito. He wanted it with the green, medium, enchilada sauce which I have never attempted until now. It took a few tries but I think I got it right. He said this sauce tastes just like the sauce at Cafe Rio or Costa Vida… just a tiny bit spicier, which he liked. I tried it myself and thought it tasted great! If you look at the picture, you can tell the sauce even looks like the actual Cafe Rio sauce. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think! If you would like to check out ALL of our Cafe Rio copycat recipe, click HERE!

Our Version of Cafe Rioโ€™s Sweet Pork Burrito

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    For the sauce:
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 7 oz. can Salsa Verde (I used "Embasa" brand)
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • For the burrito:
  • 1 LARGE tortilla shell (click HERE )
  • 1 large scoop rice (click HERE )
  • 1 large scoop beans (click HERE )
  • 1 large scoop sweet pork (click HERE )
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese, to taste
  • Green Enchilada Sauce (see recipe above)
  • Lettuce
  • Pico de gallo
  • Guacamole (click HERE )
  • Sour cream


    For the sauce:
  • Combine all ingredients in small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm. You can also refrigerate it overnight after simmering if you are making it in advance (My husband said it tasted even better the next day after all the flavors had settled). Just reheat in the small saucepan before serving.
  • For the burrito:
  • Roll up rice, beans, pork and cheese in large tortilla shell to form the burrito. Slather with a big ladle full of the green enchilada sauce and top with additional Monterey Jack cheese. Place in the oven at 450-degrees until cheese is melted. Serve with lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and/or sour cream.



  1. Em says:

    We moved away from UT 3 years ago and Cafe Rio is the only place we miss. You guys have been life savers with these cafe rio recipes. Thank you. If I can ask one request. Do you have the recipe for the hot enchilada style sauce they cover the burritos with?

  2. Brenda says:

    We live in Texas and loved Cafe Rio when we went to visit family in Utah. I LOVE your recipes and have been so happy that we can have our own "cafe rio" in our home. I really do love this site and use so many of your recipes. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to do this blog!

  3. Kamee says:

    Hey, I came across your blog and love it. Thanks! I was wondering if you have a recipe for their chicken that they put in the enchaladas. My husband loves the pork, but I much prefer the chicken. I would love to know if you have one and if you could post it or email it to me. Thanks!

    • Jaidi Clayton says:

      I got this recipe from a friend, so i am not sure where it came from, but This is a recipe we have used for Chicken and it is TRULY amazing!
      Cafe Rio Chicken
      1 small bottle Kraft Zesty Italian
      1 Tbsp chili powder
      1 Tbsp cumin
      3 garlic cloves, minced
      5 lbs. chicken breast
      put all ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low 4 hours. Shred chicken. Cook additional hour.

      There are a couple of other Cafe Rio recipes you can find at: http://bestfoodontheplanet.blogspot.com/2008/09/cafe-rio-recipes.html The Tomatillo Dressing is great.

  4. Clayton & Katie says:

    I have the pork in the crockpot but I was just thinking last minute do you by chance know or have an idea how to make the red hotter sauce they have??? My husband is picky and hates how the green looks and he loves things more spicy! Thanks!

  5. Clayton & Katie says:

    I have the pork in the crockpot but I was just thinking last minute do you by chance know or have an idea how to make the red hotter sauce they have??? My husband is picky and hates how the green looks and he loves things more spicy! Thanks!

  6. Erica says:

    I haven;t made the hotter red sauce before. I don't know about you but the red sauce they have tastes pretty basic. I am sure you could get away just using a hot enchilada sauce from the store. I will try and figure out how they do it exactly next time I try it!

  7. Cami says:

    Love your Cafe Rio recipes! I have a question, though. Have you found an affordable place to buy the tins?

  8. Erica says:

    Yes! We get ours at the Dollar Tree!

  9. Carl and Amber says:

    For the can of diced chilies…is this diced green chilies or chile peppers? When I went to the store, there wasn't a can that said diced chilies. Sorry, it is probably a dumb question, but I'm serving this to 50 people, and I don't want to do it wrong!

  10. Erica says:

    @ Carl & Amber.. not a dumb question at all, I assure you! It is the diced green chilies.. you were right. Sorry I should have been more specific! I will change it now!

  11. Kellie P. says:

    We love, love, love Cafe Rio when we lived in Utah and Vegas but now we are in Alaska and we miss it SO much!! Hey, if the Stanley family still owns it, have someone ask them to open one in Anchorage!!

  12. Christy says:

    Found your recipe on Pinterest. Made it for Sunday dinner tonight. It was fabulous and my husband and I thought it tasted exactly like Cafe Rio/Costa Vida. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Amanda says:

    I can't wait to try out some of your recipes! I wanted to ask, is there any chance you know how to make the mild sauce as well?

  14. Jenn says:

    I'm making this tonight for dinner! Soooo excited to have a taste of something we crave so desperately ๐Ÿ™‚
    Question about the sauce,
    Is it ONE 7oz. Salsa Verde
    17 oz. Salsa verde???
    Just want it to be perfect ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Erica says:


    It is ONE 7 oz. can of Salsa verde. If more than 2 people are having burritos, you may want to double the recipe.

    Good luck!


  16. Jenn says:

    Oooooohhhh my Gooodness! It turned out AMAZING! They said it was just like they remembered ๐Ÿ™‚ I am one happy camper knowing that we don't have to go cross country for a Cafe Rio fix!!!
    Thank you soooo much!!!

  17. Tanya says:

    Cafe Rio uses the medium green chile sauce for their rice (their rice is a green chile not a cilantro-lime rice). I have seen them make the rice, they take a fresh steamed batch of rice (may have been done with water or other stuff not sure) and they scoop several ladles of the green chile sauce right over the rice and toss it all together. So this recipe is great for both the sauce and the rice!

  18. Cara says:

    I miss Cafe Rio so much! I went to school at Southern Utah University and it was a treat to head down to St. George and get Cafe Rio! I have to try this! Thank you so much for posting this! BTW, the medium green sauce is my fav!!

  19. Channi says:

    I’m from Australia and love love love cafe rio but therecis nothing at all that even comes close to it!!!! So I’m going to try and re create it here with your recipes… It maybe a little hard though as we don’t have all the same things though but I shall give it a crack!! I wil also be attempted alot of your recipes so thank you soooooo much for allowing me to experience some American food in Australia haha

  20. kath says:

    Thanks for your recipe, Question though, i went to walmart yesterday to look for some ingredients but cannot find any. Do you have any suggestions where i get the died green chile can and salsa verde? thanks!

    • Erica says:

      I have found both of these in the Hispanic food section at WalMart. The chiles are right by the diced jalapenos. The salsa verde should be close by too. If you can’t find them at WalMart you should be able to find them at any other large grocery store. Worst-case scenario you can just ask an employee. They should know where that stuff is.

  21. LaVon says:

    how do i do the sweet pork? it says click here but it wont allow me to do so… any tips would be greatly appreciated thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erica says:

      Here is the link.. http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/2008/09/cafe-rio-sweet-pork.html

  22. Kelli says:

    I made this recipe awhile back and it was GREAT! So I am trying to do it again but I can’t get the other links to work (where it says click here). Specifically the beans and rice. Sorry but thank you in advance!

    • Erica says:

      Yikes! I will get on that..

  23. Ashley says:

    I wanna make this, but can click on the links where it says CLICK HERE….

  24. Ashley says:

    sorry, meant to say CANT click on the links.

    • Erica says:

      Sorry, the links are broken for some reason. If you type it in the search box here on the site the recipe will come up!

  25. Ana says:

    Thank you for this recipe. I made the burritos today and turned out fabulous. I do believe marinating the pork overnight made the difference. I have some picky eaters in my home and they ate their plates clean. Thanks again.

  26. Alicia says:

    Did you figure out how to make the hot red sauce yet?

  27. JuliaV says:

    My husband LOVED this green sauce! The only other green sauce he likes is Betos but he was all over this! He said we should have it in our fridge at all times ha. He was even eating it with Fritos while I was making everything else ha. Do you know how long it will last in the fridge?

    • Erica says:

      I would keep it for about a week in the fridge… probably not too much longer than that though. So glad he likes it! We love it too! We love dipping chips and quesadillas in it!

  28. don says:

    My green sauce is very liquidy. Im afraid that i would make the tortilla too wet and soggy? What can I do to thicken it?

    • Emily says:

      You could always try corn starch. We use that as a thickening agent all the time!

  29. StacieM says:

    Hello! The links aren’t clickable in your recipe, so I’m unsure which bean and rice recipes you’re suggesting for this meal. Could you post the links or names here? Thanks so much! This recipe has me drooling! ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM.

    • Erica says:

      We will get on this right away. Thank you for letting us know! If you need to find them you can do a search in the search bar at the top of the page. If you search “Cafe Rio” they will all come up

  30. Steve in Detroit says:

    Another one of your recipes on my list for this week – thank you, ladies! May I suggest a delicious and beautiful change-up? Up here, in the Detroit area, a lot of our Mexican places actually use thickly sliced Muenster cheese to top their wet or baked burritos.. I know, who’da thought? It melts beautifully and is chewy/creamy/mild. One manager I was talking to told me they cut off the orange rind – and not because its bad, but for looks.. I’ve done it at home w/o cutting off the orange because I don’t care to lose that money, lol.. Thanks again.. I’m spending my entire weeks dinner budget on this site. It rocks! Are yall on facebook? Would be nice to get updates there instead of hunting back/forth. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erica says:

      Hi Steve– Yes, we are on Facebook and Pinterest… and Instagram.. and Twitter.. and YouTube.. and you can get weekly e-mails from us as well! There are definitely ways to find us if you are looking ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the idea of Muenster. I am a HUGE fan of Muenster and I totally want to try it on the smothered burritos now! Thanks for the tip!

  31. Lezlie says:

    How many burritos does this make?

    • Echo says:

      It makes 8-10 burritos depending on how many you can fit in your baking pan. Thanks for asking!

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